Several Shopian villages without road connectivity

Several Shopian villages without road connectivity

SHOPIAN: The condition of the 10-kilometre stretch road connecting Kathahalan – a far off belt of south Kashmir’s Shopian district – with the rest of the world, is pathetic, making people suffer.
“The road was macadamised years ago. Since then, it has neither been macadamised nor widened,” Gul Muhammad Bajard, a local of Naka, said.
Locals from the area also said that they are facing tough times since many areas are not connected through the road. They said the bad condition of the road has added to their woes as they have to first walk several kilometres to get a vehicle to reach main town Shopian.
“We belong to this economically backward area. May be this is the reason that many villages like Naka, Nagbal and adjoining tribal areas have not been brought under road connectivity,” people said.
At Naka, people who are supposed to build their houses make their own brick kiln and use forest wood since the area has no road link to get essential items from main town.
The area, according to locals, needs a “sympathetic attitude” by government. “We are in dire of road connectivity as we are facing immense problem,” they said.
Executive Engineer Roads and Buildings Shopian, Abdul Qoyoom Kirmani told Kashmir Reader that he will look into the matter.
“If the area is under any plan, we will do it this year. If not, then it will be brought in the notice of authorities,” Kirmani said.